For BlogMas last month I was asked to create a poll for my readers, to find what they wanted to see from me in 2019. I created a poll that included recipes, workouts, and interview style posts. Majority of them picked interview style posts and I am excited to begin this new chapter on my blog!
Another big reason I love doing is because I feel like I’m returning the love and support that they have given me the last six months of my blogging career. I’ve written over and over how important it is to network with other bloggers!
For Part One of my series I will be interviewing Sheila from Empty Next Lifestyle.
Please introduce yourself and your blog to my readers.
My name is Sheila Yale and I write a lifestyle blog called Empty Next Lifestyle. My husband and I are in the empty nest phase of our lives which means we get to figure out what’s “Next”. I write about my four “Lovies” (grandchildren) and my success as a person with Bipolar l Disorder. But my PASSION is making pottery and writing about the process and discoveries when I am creating from clay.
When did you begin your blogging journey?
I bought my domain name and signed with a host on May 30 of this year. I’m a newbie and am still learning the basics, but I love it!
Can you describe your blogging style?
I am a people person who never meets a stranger, and I love to hug so don’t be surprised to get one whenever you see me. I have a casual style for the most part so I write from a passionate heart and with a lot of fun.
What type of networking do you think is better to grow your audience?
I do well on Pinterest and is my go-to for Social Media. However, I have recently become part of a Facebook group called “For the Love Of Blogging” where I have met many great bloggers like Jennie. I have seen a significant increase in traffic since joining. It’s good to have supportive people that will share your content and provide feedback.
What was your greatest failure and how did you overcome it?
I signed up with Amazon back in June when I was first starting out. They allow six months for you to make three sales. No problem, right? Wrong. I got one sale during that time and they dropped me. Ugh! Fortunately, they gave another chance and that is where my new friends at “For The Love of Blogging” came in. They helped me get plenty of sales and continue to do so. I can’t say enough about the hospitality of this group of friends.
What do you do in your spare time?
As I said, my passion lies in my pottery studio. I love creating new things and watching people light up when you hand it to them. I am creating a teaching series right now and I am so excited! I can’t wait to get it to my readers.
What is your least favorite post, and why?
Probably “His and Hers Tailgating Snacks” because it was totally out of my niche and I find writing out recipes tedious. I wrote it during football season hoping to attract an audience but it bombed. It was a big waste of time so now I try to do more relevant posts and I am proud of that.
What is the biggest trends in your niche?
Probably the farm to table movement. Functional pottery ties us to the earth and it has become “fashionable” to own pottery. Everyone is doing it because more resources with kilns, pottery wheels, clay and classes made readily available to the public. Anyone from lawyers, bankers, and CEO’s to blue collar workers and housewives can now be a potter! It’s great!
What are some things that people don’t know about you?
There are not many things people don’t know about me because my life is an open book. Most people can’t believe I have Bipolar l because my life is so normal and my love for ALL people. Young, old, rich or poor, popular or outcast – I connect with the person in the checkout line or the parking lot whether I know them or not. I want everyone to feel special and validated.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I get up, read my Bible and pray before walking across the road to have coffee with my parents. Afterwards I am either blogging or working in my studio. One day a week I have lunch with my Lovies, then back home to work some more before eating dinner with Pappy and yoga before bed. Sometimes I work long into the night blogging – It’s addicting!
You can find Sheila at any of the below–don’t be shy! Go give her a follow!